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Welcome to the Cafe Buzz! We started the "Buzz" section here at the Celtic Café as a means of sharing some of the news and information posted to our associated mail lists, which are devoted mostly (but not exclusively) to Irish dance and Celtic music. For more detailed information, and to join in the discussion about "anything Celtic," please sign up for our main list, large and very international: Celtic Cafe Yahoo Group

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Altan on Tour

Altan fans have a lot to celebrate this fall, with a new album, Local Ground, and concert dates planned from Spain to Southhampton, culminating in a feature performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the Folk in the Fall series:

16 Oct - L'Auditori, Sali 1 Simfonica, Barcelona, Spain
29 Oct - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
30 Oct - Nettlebed Folk Club, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England
31 Oct - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, England
2 Nov - Celtic Footprint, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England
4 Nov - Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, England
5 Nov - Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London, England

Later in November, there's a return to Ireland, with concerts planned for Duiske Abbey in Co. Kilkenny on 15 Nov and "Fare thee well Enniskillen" on the 25th. Click on the image to read the press release for the South Bank concert!

Waiting for Godot

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Beckett, one of the most influential playwrights ever to come out of Ireland, the Gate Theatre Dublin is bringing its celebrated production of Waiting for Godot on an eight-city tour of the United States. The tour opened on October 3rd at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and runs through November 19, 2006.

The Gate Theatre Dublin has been presenting landmark shows since 1928, and was first asked by Beckett himself to present his work in 1988. Since then, their productions have toured from Cork to China. The current tour represents a rare opportunity for American audiences to see the "definitive" Irish production of a play that has lost none of its power and significance in over half a century.

Tour dates and venues:
3-5 October, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
7-8 October, Fisher Center, Bard College, New York
11-15 October, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18-22 October, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24-28 October, Skirball Center, New York University, New York
1-5 November, Cal Performances, Berkeley, California
8-12 November, Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington
15-19 November, UCLA Live, Los Angeles, California

Click on the image to read more about the tour!

Celtic Masters

What do some of the world's best Irish dancers do when they stop touring with a particular show? In the case of the "Celtic Masters," they get together with a group of friends who danced together in the original Lord of the Dance tours, and create "client-specific" tailored shows for the corporate/private function and arena-based markets!

The eight consist of Conor Smith, Steven Brunning, John Carey, Michael Edwards, Alice Reddin, Catherine Collins, Fiona Kidd and Caroline Fahy, and they've been performing together since 2002. Although the performances to date have been predominantly in the UK for large corporations, they've also become known for the multi-cultural dance extravaganza Skydance. Based in Switzerland, this production includes other acts from around the world and they've incorporated dance numbers with world champion Samba dancers from Brazil and Rock 'n Roll jivers from Texas, just to name a few. Sounds like rhythm heaven!

Celtic Masters will be performing a dance show in Georgia, USA, towards the end of the year, as well as a month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland towards the end of this year/early 2007. The tour will be tailored to perform on consecutive weekends, allowing everyone involved to continue with their own working lives during the week, flying out to dance for weekend shows and then home again! These brilliant performers love the opportunity to perform their own work for different audiences each time, savoring the unique experiences and challenges -- and sharing the fun with a close-knit group of great friends!

Learn more by clicking on the image to go to the Celtic Masters official website.


The Pirate Queen

Riverdance producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan have teamed up with Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg, one of the most successful teams of author/composers in musical theatre, to create The Pirate Queen, based on Morgan Llewellyn's novel Grania-She King of the Irish Seas. Grace O'Malley, often called Grania of Ireland, was the legendary 16th-century pirate-chieftain also known as Granuaile.

The spectacular new musical from the authors of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon will begin previews on Broadway beginning February 23rd, 2007, opening March 22nd, 2007 at the Hilton Theatre (214 West 43rd Street, NYC) on Broadway, following a World Premiere engagement in Chicago from October 3rd through November 26th, 2006.

Click on the image for the press release to learn more about this very exciting new production!

Auditions for new show!

Irish Dancers wanted. Must be 16 years and over.

Open level standard.

Showcase in a London Venue July 7th prior to West End opening.

Rehearsals will take place in London from June 26th 30th 5-10pm and July3rd-6th 10am-6pm

Please send full-length photo and videos/dvds to:

Vianney Productions Ltd
54 Eton Wick Rd

Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want videos (PAL format) returned.

Closing date 14th June 2006


The mission of the Celtic Cafe is to promote Celtic culture, and we love steering folks to other websites and mailing lists with a similar focus. One such Cultural Arts eZine is Rambles, run by Celtic Cafe community member Tom Knapp, and his staff of hundreds of reviewers -- including Paddy O'Furniture!

Although diverse in its offerings, has a decidedly Celtic slant in its choice of featured materials -- particularly in the massive section devoted solely to Celtic music reviews. Elsewhere on the site are reviews of books, movies and performances, as well as additional music offerings filed under jazz, bluegrass, folk-rock and more. Check it out here.

Do you have a website, mailing list or forum with a Celtic focus? We'd be happy to highlight it here at the Cafe Buzz. Reach us via our new Contact Form, or post to our main Celtic Cafe mail list and spread the wealth -- of Celtic information!

Irish & Celtic Music Podcasts

Marc Gunn's Irish and Celtic Music Podcast Hits #26 on the Most-Popular Downloads List at iTunes! A free, bi-monthly downloadable radio show of independent Irish & Celtic music, the Podcast features Irish drinking songs, Scottish folk songs, bagpipes, music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Nova Scotia, Galicia, Australia, and the U.S. The Podcasts are sponsored by Song Henge, a website offering the largest selection of totally free and legal downloads of Celtic music. The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast also has a page on where information about recent and upcoming podcasts can be found.

Marc, a long-time Celtic Cafe community member, offers a free Celtic MP3s Music Magazine newsletter, sending out eight free and legal Celtic music downloads each month, plus Celtic news and reviews. He's a wonderful resource for great information, including Music Marketing and Promotion -- musicians might want to check out his eZine at Fans of fine felines will no doubt be delighted with Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, his solo project, but he's also part of a musical comedy duo, the Brobdingnagian Bards, performing Celtic Folk music at Renaissance festivals nationwide. Marc is involved in a gazillion different things around his hometown of Austin, Texas, where he drives around with a bumper sticker attesting to the fact that "Real Men Wear Kilts"!

Check out his personal site at -- and the free MP3s, especially "Lord of the Pounce"!

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